Hot Cares is the Hot 102.7 fm community upliftment initiative that strives towards making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us. Since 2015, Hot 9fm has provided much-needed assistance to those in need within our community. Beneficiaries have ranged from the development of crèche’s in informal settlements, previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs, NPO’s needing guidance, resources and awareness of their programs, medical assistance, educational bursaries and individual assistance to those who need little bit of hope and a helping hand at a particularly difficult time in their life.

The appreciation and the difference Hot Cares makes in the community is evident in the support it receives from its’ listeners. Our listeners have not only grown to love our music and station but have opened their hearts to those in our community who are less fortunate. It is from Hot 1027 fm together with the income received from the pledges at our annual Teddython, Hot Cares auctions and other donations, that Hot Cares is able to make a sustainable difference.

The spirit of Ubuntu, is imbued with the sentiment, “I Am, because We Are” and we truly believe that together we can reach our goal of making a difference in as many lives as possible.

Hot Cares NPC  Registration No 2019/146034/08  |  PBO Reference No. 930070149  |  B-BBEE Level 1 contributor

Jackie Kyle from The Ann Harding Cheshire Home – a residential care facility for adults who have a physical disability contacted Hot Cares with an urgent plea. Unfortunately, when the area experiences load-shedding everything grinds to a halt at the home, and we are unable to do any work.  The more serious issue is that the emergency lights and the resident bell systems do not work.  As load-shedding is set to continue in the near future, The Ann Harding Cheshire Home needs to address this issue with urgency.

 The home has already purchased solar panels which are adequate to power the admin offices – computers and Wi-Fi – as well as the residents’ bell system and emergency lights in the passages, during an outage. However, the home needs funds to install the solar panels and set them up for this purpose. Hot Cares has a wonderful relationship with the Ann Harding Cheshire Home and whenever there is an opportunity for us to get involved and assist them in the care for their residents, we are happy to do it.  The home is always looking for ways in which their residents can work and earn an income and how they themselves can generate funding in a sustainable way.  Many of these services they offer to generate income are dependent on electricity.  

When we received this request, we immediately wanted to help to make a meaningful difference for them.

Hot Cares will be covering the full cost of the installation of the solar panels – R46 733.36 to ensure that the home can function, residents can work, and that they are kept safe during load-shedding.

On 12 May 2021, at just 5 months old, Nikita Friedman’s niece Mackenzie “Mighty Mack” Friedman was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) – a life-threatening blood cancer.   

Following her diagnosis, she underwent 10 days of intense chemotherapy, 3 surgeries and a few days in ICU. On 31 May, Mack was classed as high risk, and in need of an urgent bone marrow transplant due to the strain of AML that she has – as the chemotherapy will not be completely effective and Mack will keep relapsing.

Hot Cares will be donating R5 000 to the South African Bone Marrow Registry and would like to make an urgent plea for donors to register and help patients like Mackenzie. The call is to all South Africans as an ethnically diverse bone marrow registry is incredibly important. A recipient’s best chance of finding a match is someone from the same ethnicity, heritage, and ancestry.

You can register online at You will then have a swab kit and directions sent to you. The process is simple, you just take a swab on the inside of your cheek, and the SABMR will have it collected from you.

Your swab is then sent overseas to be “typed” and added to the registry. The patient gets typed as well and hopefully matched with a donor. There is an incredibly slim 1 in 100 000 chance of finding a match.

If you are a match, you will be contacted, so if you have previously registered with any of the bone marrow organisations, we would also like to encourage you to contact them and make sure that your details are up to date.

The donation process is completely non-invasive. You will go on medication for about a week to help stimulate stem cell growth. The donation process is similar to donating blood and lasts for 4-6 hours. There are no long-term side effects and if you are one of the lucky ones, you can even donate again.

 Donating blood is equally important as Mack currently needs a blood transfusion every second day. There is a major shortage of blood in South Africa and many people need it on a daily basis to survive.

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